PROFESSOR Huw Morris, Dean of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, has been elected Chair of the Association of business Schools.
The new Vice-Chair is Professor Paul Croney, Dean of Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.
Professor Morris takes over the two-year post from Professor Howard Thomas formerly of Warwick Business School.
The new Chair is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, a role which involves championing business research, knowledge transfer and exchange, executive education courses and initiatives designed to start-up and spin-out companies.
Professor Morris said: "I am delighted to take over the role as Chair of the ABS and will do my utmost to champion the position and successes of business education.
"We are living in challenging times with business schools facing four main issues - cuts in funding, competition from other providers, complaints about the role of business schools in the banking failures and financial crisis, and a changing world where climate change and shortages of commodities in many areas are forcing new ways of thinking and operating.
"We need to address these challenges head on, and business schools are well placed to do this through charting trends and benchmarking activities to spot new educational activities; through co-ordination and co-operation with private sector organisations, professional bodies and business schools overseas; by encouraging capability improvement throughout business schools and by demonstrating the financial, social, and educational contribution business schools make to universities, local economies and the national as a whole."
Professor Paul Croney, the new Vice-Chair of the ABS and Dean of Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University added: "I am very much looking forward to this new role, both supporting Professor Morris and the ABS. Our business schools continue to play an important role in the UK economy and the global business environment.
"I am passionate about the development of business and management education and how UK business schools can play their part in the global economy in a sustainable and responsible way that benefits our students and clients."
Jonathan Slack, Chief Executive of the ABS says: "2010 and beyond will be a challenging period for the Higher Education sector and individual business schools. However, as well as challenges there are many opportunities for UK business schools. It is great for ABS to have two such highly successful and positive Deans in place to lead the Association's strategy and policies and I look forward to working with them successfully into the future."